The Edge of Seventeen (2016)

The Edge of Seventeen (2016)

The Edge of Seventeen (2016)

Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and Woody Harrelson star in this coming-of-age comedy-drama about an endearing but self-absorbed teen whose life goes into a tailspin after her older brother starts dating her best friend.

"Not many people pay attention to socially awkward high-school junior Nadine (Steinfeld), but it isn't for lack of effort on her part. The Edge of Seventeen begins with Nadine assailing her history teacher, Mr. Bruner (Harrelson), with her umpteenth breathless — and phony — crisis. Tired of Nadine's high drama, Mr. Bruner refuses to offer token consolation, though he does offer her half his cookie.

"Whatever adolescent disaster Nadine thinks she's suffering from, nothing can prepare her for what is tantamount to a personal apocalypse: Nadine's best friend, Krista (Haley Lu Richardson), has started dating Nadine's annoyingly earnest fitness-nut older brother Darian (Blake Jenner). Ugh! This unholy union sparks a new level of mania in Nadine, one that will push her to try new things — like sending brazen text messages to the cute, aloof boy who works at the pet store in the mall." (Toronto International Film Festival)

2016Rating: M, Offensive language and sexual references104 minsUSA
ComedyDrama
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Reviews & comments

One big quirky, intelligent and funny coming-of-age cliche.

Coming-of-age films appeal to most audiences but some never realise that it’s a genre full of gender stereotypes. Male coming-of-age films are about high-risk adventure, physical challenge, and enduring friendships, while the female versions are about popularity, mean girlfriends and emotional insecurity. Manhood is usually portrayed as dramatic achievement...

3.0

The Edge of Seventeen

There's nothing particularly new about The Edge of Seventeen, and it's hard to sympathize with such an unlikeable protagonist, but I did enjoy this movie. I like the supporting characters more than Hailee Steinfeld's Nadine. Woody Harrelson is great as always. It's a good coming of age teen movie. Grade: B-

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

It’s a teen movie that starts off funny ha-ha but turns into something more like a light-fingered psychological thriller.

Total Film

Total Film

press

Writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig brings a spiky wit and a warm-hearted, nerd-friendly finale to a comedy that wants for nothing but a little substance.

3.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

As a memorable teen character, she’s almost up there with Cher from ‘Clueless’ or Ellen Page’s Juno. Watch and wince.

4.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Steinfeld smartly weighs the comedy of Nadine's hormonal disquiet against her potentially tragic need for affirmation, never more adroitly than in a shaded set piece involving an accidental sext.

3.0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Authentic and charming coming-of-age flick.

4.0
Newshub

Newshub

press

Manages to artfully dodge any staleness by virtue of a great script and the universally excellent performances all round...

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Fast, full-hearted and graced with a beautifully modulated lead turn by Hailee Steinfeld, the movie takes the risk of playing it straight and sincere — and the risk pays off.

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

It strives to be something greater than a simple coming-of-age flick, and succeeds...

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A very strong debut by writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig deals with all the usual teenage concerns — dating, family, school — in a way that tries to go beyond genre cliché...

4.0
Variety

Variety

press

It’s a teen movie that starts off funny ha-ha but turns into something more like a light-fingered psychological thriller.

Total Film

Total Film

press

Writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig brings a spiky wit and a warm-hearted, nerd-friendly finale to a comedy that wants for nothing but a little substance.

3.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

As a memorable teen character, she’s almost up there with Cher from ‘Clueless’ or Ellen Page’s Juno. Watch and wince.

4.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Steinfeld smartly weighs the comedy of Nadine's hormonal disquiet against her potentially tragic need for affirmation, never more adroitly than in a shaded set piece involving an accidental sext.

3.0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Authentic and charming coming-of-age flick.

4.0
Newshub

Newshub

press

Manages to artfully dodge any staleness by virtue of a great script and the universally excellent performances all round...

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Fast, full-hearted and graced with a beautifully modulated lead turn by Hailee Steinfeld, the movie takes the risk of playing it straight and sincere — and the risk pays off.

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

It strives to be something greater than a simple coming-of-age flick, and succeeds...

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

A very strong debut by writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig deals with all the usual teenage concerns — dating, family, school — in a way that tries to go beyond genre cliché...

4.0

One big quirky, intelligent and funny coming-of-age cliche.

Coming-of-age films appeal to most audiences but some never realise that it’s a genre full of gender stereotypes. Male coming-of-age films are about high-risk adventure, physical challenge, and enduring friendships, while the female versions are about popularity, mean girlfriends and emotional insecurity. Manhood is usually portrayed as dramatic...

3.0

The Edge of Seventeen

There's nothing particularly new about The Edge of Seventeen, and it's hard to sympathize with such an unlikeable protagonist, but I did enjoy this movie. I like the supporting characters more than Hailee Steinfeld's Nadine. Woody Harrelson is great as always. It's a good coming of age teen movie. Grade: B-

3.0